18 January 2019

All About Writing & Families

For the next few weeks we will be focusing on "all about" writing.  This is a type of nonfiction writing in which students will be able to express their expertise on a subject in writing.  Rather than writing in a story format we will learn how "all about" writing may have sections or chapters telling about specific parts of a subject and may even have a table of contents.  Students will brainstorm a list of topics they know about and then write 3-4 facts and information they know about that topic.  Help your child at home by discussing various topics (animals, plants, games, sports,their family, legos, etc.).  Have them list information about a topic they enjoy so that they will have some ideas to write about at school.  Also encourage your child to compose this type of writing at home.

Our social studies topic has been our families.  Each student created a book of their own about their family.  We read a lot of books by Patricia Polacco that focused on her childhood and her family.  We discussed our own family traditions and celebrations.  Students wrote and drew about things they enjoy doing with their family.

11 January 2019

Teen Numbers & Story Structure

We have been using ten frames all year to help us develop number sense.  We are now extending the use of two ten frames to help us practice those difficult "teen" numbers (numbers 11-19).  By using two ten frames students can see one full ten frame that represents a group of ten and then another ten frame that represents "some ones".  In this picture they see a group of ten and 3 ones.  They can put the two together to know that a group of 10 and three more make 13.  Students are encouraged to look at patterns and ways to rearrange dots mentally on a ten frame to find out how many.  The visual representation of the ten frames helps students be able to organize objects into groups of 10s and making it easier to count higher numbers.

Continue working with your student on talking about the character, setting, problem and resolution in stories.  For the next several weeks we will be reading and learning about our own feelings, our families and our community.  We will be looking at books in which characters experience the same thing but have different feelings about the event.  We will also talk about how we would feel in the same situation.  You may want to discuss some of the feelings characters have in the books you read at home and talk with your child about how he/she would react if he/she were in the story.

For our phonemic awareness practice we will be focusing on blending and segmenting the phonemes in simple CVC words.  Please continue to practice this at home as well as identifying beginning/ending sounds and rhyming words.

09 January 2019


Sorry for the error in the previous post.  Students DO have school on Monday, January 14th.  Martin Luther King Jr. day is celebrated on the following Monday, January 21st.  No school will be held that day.  Sorry for the mix up.

No School

Just a reminder that due to a district development day for teachers, students will not have school on Friday, January 11th.   On Monday, January 21st there will be no school due to Martin Luther King Jr. day.  Thank you.

04 January 2019

Welcome Back

It is great to be back at school learning and sharing.  For the next few weeks we will be working hard on learning about measurement.  Students will be able to participate in different types of measurements including:  weight, length, and size.  We will predict how many unifix cubes weigh the same as various objects and then use our balance scales to confirm or reject our predictions and to help us make better predictions for the next object.  Students will also compare lengths of objects to determine which one is longer/shorter. 

This week we read many fact books about the season of winter.  Students had the opportunity to write and illustrate some facts they learned.  We had several class discussions about determining importance when reading fact books.  This helped the students pass off the core skill of identifying the main idea and some key details in a non fiction book.  We also graphed some of our favorite winter activities and talked about the information we gained from the graph.  Such as, which had more/less/equal or how to make one column equal to another.

20 December 2018


We are continuing to work on phonemic awareness development specifically rhyming words, blending and segmenting words and phonemes (individual sounds), and identifying beginning and ending sounds.  Please continue to work with your student at home on these skills.  Also, continue to review all letters and sounds.  Work on fluency (speed of identification) and in random order.

In mathematics we focused on patterns (creating and extending) and finding numbers within numbers.  We worked with colored chips to create different combinations of numbers such as 2 and 6 make 8.  We then recorded our different combinations for numbers 4-10.  We also practiced visualization skills by looking at a picture for a few seconds and then recreating it on paper.  These visualization skills help students not only in identifying spatial relations but also in identifying shapes of letters and words.

We hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday season.  We are looking forward to seeing you all on January 2nd.

18 December 2018


Reminder on Friday, December 21 there will be no PM Kindergarten held as schools district wide will dismiss at noon.  Please pick AM students  in their classrooms at noon.  Thank you.